What is CCSVI?
Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) and its treatment were pioneered by researcher, former vascular surgeon and professor Dr. Paulo Zamboni at the University of Ferrara in Italy. CCSVI is a chronic condition in which blood from the brain has difficulty returning to the heart. It is caused by a narrowing or “stenosis” in neck, chest, and spinal veins that drain the central nervous system. In some cases, there is a development of alternate veins in an attempt to facilitate additional drainage. The research suggests that because these compensatory blood vessels do not have the same wall integrity as larger veins, they leak cellular waste into the adjacent tissue, resulting in an accumulation of toxins and deposition of iron. This has significant application to Multiple Sclerosis and suggests that the vascular aspect may be as significant as the neurological component in the disease process.
Using specialized diagnostic equipment, a Doppler Ultrasound scan of the jugular veins is taken in a supine and then upright position. If there is significant blood turbulence in the vein indicating a blockage, the patient may have an angiogram of the jugular and azygos veins. This will identify the exact location of the blockage and determine the level of stenosis. If the stenosis is significant enough to warrant it, balloon angioplasty will be performed.
What is Sanoviv’s CCSVI treatment?
The procedure requires passing a small catheter through the femoral vein to the area of venous narrowing. If a significant blockage is confirmed and located during the angiogram, a routine balloon angioplasty (venoplasty) is used to open the narrowed veins. The recovery process from this treatment may be rapid, with many people recognizing positive results immediately following the procedure. A stent may be inserted if medically indicated and then only with the guest’s explicit permission.
The initial stay for diagnostics and treatment at Sanoviv will be for nine nights and includes a post-surgical Doppler scan, along with the full residential CCSVI program. Follow up assessments at Sanoviv two months and six months after the procedure are incorporated into the initial cost. If a guest is found not to be a candidate for the venoplasty following diagnostic assessments, their deposit for the remaining procedures will be refunded or may be applied to any program at Sanoviv for themselves or others.
With more than a decade of experience serving guests with Multiple Sclerosis, Sanoviv recognizes CCSVI as a potentially significant contributor to the MS disease process and the treatment to be a viable benefit to improving the lifestyle of people diagnosed with this debilitating condition. As a holistic medical center, Sanoviv encourages guests with MS to also consider the other contributors to the disease process, many of which Sanoviv is uniquely able to address such as proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, structural integrity, genetic background, dental involvement, and lifetime exposure to toxins. The special needs of guests living with Multiple Sclerosis are considered in order to support optimal healing with a team approach of all departments working together on each guest’s needs. Our program includes daily meetings with your doctor, gluten-free meals, a nutritional assessment, CCSVI-related consultations with a psychologist and more – all within our oceanfront, toxin-free, integrative medical institute. Sanoviv offers each guest a clinical program that is also a health retreat focusing on the body, mind, and spirit.
The Body is supported with world class diagnostics and treatments that are complimented by optimal nutrition for each person featuring low glycemic, all organic foods prepared in delicious and beautiful meals that are free of primary food allergens. The fitness center is adjacent to numerous thalasso pools exclusively for our guests. Additional relaxation options are offered through Sanoviv’s five star spa that reduces anxiety and helps soothe muscle tension, spasticity or pain.
The Mind is stimulated with opportunities to learn more about your wellness in the Education Centre’s seminars. Meditation is offered daily with numerous guided styles and Energy Medicine techniques to manage stress and help maintain a balanced nervous system.
The Spirit is supported in the beauty of the pristine oceanfront setting, which makes it easy to forget that you are in a fully functioning medical institute, and a psycho-spiritual department with trained psychologists that honor all faiths, practices and lifestyles. In the residential Sanoviv community, our guests often create strong bonds and comfort each other in an environment of mutual concern and support.
The CCSVI treatment is only part of the way Sanoviv cares for people living with MS. Our team of doctors strongly recommends the program Neuro Repair as an option to be completed at the same time as the CCSVI diagnosis and treatment. The Neuro Repair program will help you heal from the catheterization through oxygenation procedures that include ozone and hyperbaric sessions as well as a variety of assays, examinations, and recommended treatments (including dental) that are specifically tailored to your personal needs.
To join our waiting list for the CCSVI diagnostic and treatment procedures, please fill out our medical consultation form today.